Couponing Trip: Target

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a couponing trip. Every once in a while, I see a good enough deal that I want to try it out. Last week, I went to Target to try my hand at scoring some free products.

couponing trip

Ignore the dirty floor…

1 gallon milk – on sale for $4.99 each (Normally $5.64 each)
Used $0.35/1 printable

6 Dial for Men Bodywash – $2.99 each (Buy 3, Get 1 Dial Hand Soap refill FREE)
Used 3 $2/2 printable

2 Dial Antibacterial Hand Soap Refill – $3.99 each (Free since I bought 6 Dial bodywash)
Used $1/2 printable

2 Suave shampoo – $0.94 each (FREE after coupons. My Target doesn’t give overages.)
Used $1/2 Target mobile coupon
Used 2 $0.50/1 printable

Used $5/$15 Target mobile coupon

Total before coupons and sales: $44.09

Total with tax after coupons, sales, and bag discount: $10.80 (savings of 67.6%)

I can also submit my receipt for the milk and Dial for a $1.25 credit with Ibotta.

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Budget Cuts

So, what’s the point of moving now, in the middle of a semester?

Well, I’m recently unemployed. It was completely unexpected. God has always provided for us, but most often in unexpected ways. For example, last May when our home was burglarized, every single thing that was stolen from us was replaced within a week. We had people from our church practically throwing their extra TVs, laptops, iPods, etc. at us. God works in His perfect timing in His perfect plan. That being said, there’s no way to tell when another job will come along.

We had been considering moving previously because our utilities are sky-high. Our current home is constructed out of cinder block. For those of you who’ve never lived in a cinder block house…

Cinder block = little to no insulation

Now, instead of moving because we wanted to pocket some extra cash, we’re moving out of necessity.

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Here’s where the budget cuts come into play.

Step 1: Rent & Utilities

We’ve been blessed to rent from the most wonderful landlords ever – my parents. They bought the property right before we got married, and they wanted to rent it out for under market value. I’m telling you people, you can hardly find a studio apartment in a complex for this price in our area, let alone a 3 bedroom house! The apartment triplex that we’re moving to is owned by people in our church, and they love to rent to young couples. The apartments are priced decently, especially considering the close proximity to the junior college and downtown.
Total monthly savings in rent = $50
With the previously mentioned utilities situation… Total monthly savings in utilities = $250

Step 2: “Necessities”

I put “necessities” in quotations because they are not essential to living life, but they certainly make life much more functional.

Our cell phone plan has been a money pit since day one. We have two smartphones with AT&T and we pay about $150 per month. I can’t believe how expensive cell phone service is! I had been looking into alternatives for the last two months before I finally stumbled upon Virgin Mobile through a comment on Facebook via Money Saving Mom. (I promise, it wasn’t my reader question!) After weighing the costs, we finally agreed on this new service for cell phones. Although there was an initial cost for new phones under a new provider, we will be cutting our bill almost in half (!!!) by making this switch. We also shopped around for the best prices on phones. We found out that Target carries Virgin Mobile phones, and with our Red Card, we were about to save an extra 5% on our initial costs. Another way we’re saving on our cell phones is with insurance. We were also paying $8 per phone for insurance through AT&T. There is no insurance option for my husband’s new phone, and we paid a one-time fee to insure my new phone when we bought it.

After our break-in occurred, we installed a home security system the next day. Our landlords paid for the install (Thanks, Mom and Dad!), and we have been paying the monthly fee. The place we are moving into does not have an alarm system, but it’s in a safe neighborhood. Our new landlord told us that if we did want to have one installed, it wouldn’t be a problem. For the time being, we’ve decided against this in order to cut back on our monthly expenses.

Without an alarm system, we will have no need for a home landline. To be honest, if I had had enough time to research and compare costs when we first had the alarm system installed, we never would have gotten a landline in the first place. Our home phone is bundled with our internet and costs about $30 per month. The ONLY calls that we get are: 1) from the security company if the alarm rings, or 2) telemarketers calling for people that we have no clue who they are. If we had signed up for the wireless option with the security system, it would have raised our monthly payment by $10. When you do the math, that means had we NOT had a landline, we could have been saving $20 a month. Sure, that’s not a lot, but every little bit counts. Without a security system in the new place, there will be no need for a landline, which will cut our internet bill by a fair chunk.

Total monthly savings on “necessities” = $146

Step 3: Get Help

A month or so ago, I saw an announcement in our church bulletin for a new class starting up: Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University! I’d been wanting to take a class for a few years, even though I’ve mostly stayed out of debt. I signed us up as quickly as I could, and we just had our first class today. At first, my husband wasn’t thrilled, but now we’re both completely on board and excited to begin to exercise biblical principles in how we handle our money!

Total savings by changing our living situation = $446 per month

Total savings by learning God’s way to handle money = priceless.

I’m sure there will be several more ways we will learn to cut our spending in the near future. There are a few other ways we’ve already begun to cut down on our expenses (using less heat, making simpler menus, etc.), but I just wanted to offer a quick glimpse into our plan for those inquiring minds out there. I think it also helps me to see it all written out as well.

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Fabulous Freebies!

In the last month, I started signing up for free samples of various products I thought we could use in our home. I usually hear about them though the Money Saving Mom Facebook posts. This past week, I’ve received these fabulous free items in the mail!
No Longer a Slumdog book from Gospel for Asia

5-ct sample of Tampax Pearl from Costco (no longer available)

Sample of Kashi Cinnamon Harvest cereal (Kashi website)

$1.50/1 coupon Kashi product

Sample of Quaker Oatmeal Squares cereal (Facebook offer)

$1/1 coupon Quaker Oatmeal Squares cereal (back of box)

I’ve signed up for several more freebies, and I’m hoping they come soon! What free samples have you gotten lately? Do you even bother?

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Couponing trip: biggest success so far!

I just came back from my most successful couponing trip so far! I went to Target again this time. My goal was to find some free Ball Fruit Pectin, but neither my Walmart nor Target had the 99 cent size stocked. So I decided to scan the prices on a few items and maybe snag a couple of clearance items if I had a good coupon for them. We don’t have very much extra money at the moment, so I didn’t buy a lot since this was a spontaneous trip without any planning in advance.Here’s what I ended up coming home with:

1 small bag Whiskas cat food, $3.99 on sale

$1/1 coupon from Sunday paper insert

Total after coupon: $2.99

1.5 liter bottle Dr. Pepper, $0.99+CRV on sale

GE 75 watt lightbulbs, 4-pk, $2.44 on sale (originally $2.79)

$1.50/1 printable coupon

Total after coupon: $0.94

2 Five Star notebooks, $1 each on sale (originally $3.69 each)

$1/2 coupon from Sunday paper insert

Total after coupon: $0.50 each

2 8-ct packs Bic mechanical pencils, $0.90 each on sale (originally $1.99 each)

$1/2 coupon from Sunday paper insert

Total after coupon: $0.40 each

And the two best deals:

L’oreal Paris lip gloss, $1.48 on clearance (originally $5.99)

$1/1 coupon from Sunday paper insert

Total after coupon: $0.48

Maybelline eye liner, $1.38 on clearance (originally $5.54)

$1/1 coupon from Sunday paper insert

Total after coupon: $0.38

So, if you add up everything before sales and coupons, my total was $29.67. After sale pricing, coupons, using my own reusable grocery bags (redeemable for $0.05 per bag used), and my Target Red Card (which gets me 5% off every purchase), my grand total was……….

$8.04!!!!!

That’s a total savings of 73%! Definitely my most successful trip so far.

I think the key to big savings might be to shop in smaller amounts, rather than entirely restocking the pantry once or twice a month. Just thinking out loud here, though. I need to do more couponing to see if that’s really true. Do you have any experience with couponing? I’d love to hear any advice!

Thanks for reading!

Freezer Cooking – How I Made 25+ Meals in 2 Hours!

I first heard of freezer cooking from Money Saving Mom. It’s where you take an hour or two, or a whole day, to cook and assemble meals for the week so you don’t have to worry about cooking something in a pinch. It also helps to save money when you’re making things in bulk. After all that grocery shopping the other day, I wanted to do some freezer cooking to save me some cooking time later.

I spent about 2 hours making everything (while cooking dinner for that night & including a 5-minute break to eat).

Here was the time breakdown:
4:35 – chop & sauté veggies for breakfast burritos
4:47 – assemble marinade & chicken in freezer bag
4:54 – chop bacon & add to burrito mixture
4:55 – crack & beat eggs, add to mixture
5:00 – break for dinner
5:05 – mix dry ingredients for cornbread
5:18 – take burrito mixture off heat & add cheese
5:20 – add wet ingredients for cornbread
5:26 – assemble corn dog muffins & put in oven
5:36 – assemble breakfast burritos, wrap in foil & place in freezer bags
5:47 – clean up, process dishes
6:00 – take corn dog muffins out, put 2nd pan of cornbread muffins in
6:15 – set out ground turkey to defrost, chop onion & sauté
6:16 – cook 1 box pasta
6:18 – add ground turkey to onions, peel & chop garlic
6:20 – add sauce, boil, add dry box of pasta
6:35 – assemble Italian pasta bake in pan, cover with cheese
6:40 – clean up
6:45 – DONE!
So for a little over 2 hours, here’s what I ended up with:
12 corndog muffins (6 snacks – 2 per serving)
12 cornbread muffins (3 meals – 4 per serving)
14 breakfast burritos (14 meals)
2 dinners’ worth of cooked whole wheat pasta (2 meals)
5 marinated chicken breasts (2 1/2 meals)
1 pan of Italian pasta bake (4 meals – 1/4 pan per meal)
That’s a total of 25 1/2 meals and 6 snacks!
The only thing that didn’t turn out great was the cornbread. I over mixed the batter, so the muffins are really tough. But they taste good!I definitely recommend you try freezer cooking if you haven’t. You’d be surprised at how much you can make in a short amount of time! For another great resource on speed cooking/freezer cooking, visit Make Five Dinners in One Hour! It’s a great blog & if you subscribe (3 months’ worth of dinner plans for $15) she will send you the plans in a pdf! It will save you the time of planning the menu & it comes complete with a shopping list per week, & step by step instructions!

This was all in the same day as my grocery shopping trips! Can you believe that after all that, I still managed to make some homemade laundry detergent? Call me crazy. I’ll hopefully be posting about that soon.

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Grocery bill update

I posted earlier about my efforts to lower our grocery bill. My first attempt yielded a savings of $14.36. It’s definitely a learning process, but I’m glad to say I’m making progress!
Last week, we only bought a grand total of $16 worth of groceries. We simply just didn’t have the money to buy any extra until our paychecks came in. We ate from the pantry, and also had several dinners with my parents this past week. Needless to say, I was SO EXCITED to go grocery shopping this week!! I saved up 2 weeks worth of coupon inserts, just waiting for a chance to get to the store!I saw some HUGE savings this week! Woo hoo!!

Here’s the entire haul this week:

I’m not going to list everything I got. Here are some close up shots:

The following items were on sale:
Crystal Light (x2)
Oscar Meyer smoked ham
Oscar Meyer turkey bacon
Market Pantry graham crackers
Del Monte canned pineapple
Gold Medal whole wheat flour
Market Pantry marshmallows
Driscoll’s strawberries
Eggo whole grain low fat waffles
Dr. Pepper 2-liter bottles (x4) – my husband is from Texas 🙂
Market Pantry eggs
Simply Orange juice
Coffee Mate creamer
Market Pantry butter
Contadina pizza sauce

Before coupons & discounts, this week’s total came to $125.80.

Then add these coupons:
$1.50/2 Breyers ice creams = $4.48 for 2
$2/1 manufacturer coupon + $2/1 Target coupon Purina One Beyond cat food = $3.49
$1/2 Crystal Light = $4.18 for 2
$1.50/2 NYC nail polish = $0.44 for 2
$0.50/1 Driscoll’s strawberries = $1.49
$1/2 Market Pantry block cheddar cheese = $4.48 for 2
$1/1 manufacturer coupon (x2) + $1/1 Target coupon Degree women’s deoderant = $0.79

Coupon items:

Then to top it off, add:
$10 off a purchase of $75 or more
$7 off a grocery purchase of $75 or more
$0.05 for each reusable grocery bag (x8)
AND my 5% off with my Target debit card……….

That brings the total to $80.53, which translates to…….

a total savings of $45.27!!!

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Great article on budgeting

Like I said when I posted about our grocery budget…Times are tough right now. Finances are tight. Work is scarce. What’s an aspiring housewife to do?

I just found this great article on The Happy Housewife today. It’s directed towards families who might be facing the military pay cuts in the near future, but I thought it shared practical insight and wisdom for anyone! I definitely want to put these into practice in our home.

Government Shutdown: How to Survive on Half your Pay
(Original article found here via The Happy Housewife)

Prioritize

Figure out what bills have to be paid. If it were me I would prioritize food, shelter, utilities, gas.

If you truly cannot make a payment consider calling your landlord or mortgage company and explaining the situation. If you have never been late with payments before they might be willing to work with you. Offer to pay part of your payment or as much as you can afford.

Create a Budget

Take your usual paycheck and divide it in half. Then take that amount and start deducting your expenses based on your spending priorities. Remember this is temporary, so if you are paying extra on your mortgage or car payment don’t do it this month if it means skipping or being late on another payment. If you are living paycheck to paycheck you will not have enough money to cover all your expenses which is why the first step was to prioritize.

Write all of this down and put it on your fridge. Make sure everyone in your family sees the new budget so there are no surprises.

Do You Have an Emergency Fund? This is an Emergency!

If you have an emergency fund, now is the time to use it, if necessary. Even if you only have a few hundred dollars saved it might get you through this crisis. Use money from your emergency fund instead of a credit card. You will be able to fund it again once a budget is passed and you are paid.

Stop Spending Money

Starbucks, no. McDonalds, no. Magazine in the check-out line, no. If it isn’t something that is needed to keep you alive and under shelter don’t buy it. I realize some people feel like they need Starbucks to survive, but you can live on home brewed coffee for a few weeks. Carefully consider every purchase, if it means going into debt or possibly paying late fees on your mortgage, rent or utilities it probably isn’t worth it.

Eat From the Pantry

One of the biggest areas for potential flex is the food budget. Take stock of the food you already have in your home and create a meal plan. Figure out what ingredients you need to go with your pantry food and make a grocery list. If the words steak, soda, chips, or ice cream are on your list cross them off. You don’t need them. Think like you are broke, because for now you are. Dried beans, rice, ground turkey, whole chickens, inexpensive vegetables, and oatmeal are all good for you, filling, and cheap.

Take cash to the grocery store and only buy what you absolutely need. If possible shop without your kids so you aren’t tempted to appease them by throwing in a box of overpriced cereal or fruit snacks.

Pack a Lunch

I’ve noticed that military members have a habit on going out to lunch, often. Hopefully since everyone is working for free this won’t be an issue, but you never know. Packing a lunch is a huge immediate savings and a great way to use up leftovers.

Stay at Home

Gas is expensive, so limit your trips. Carpool with friends if your kids have practices and consider walking. When we lived on base almost everything was within walking distance. It was a long walk, but it was possible. Consider canceling activities that are far from home for the next few weeks to keep your gas costs to a minimum.

Stop Looking For Deals and Bargains

While I love a good deal, sometimes these deals and bargains can actually cost you more. Amy has a great post about deals, detailing the best way to save money. Stop hunting for great deals and focus only on purchasing what you absolutely need to live for the next few weeks. It’s okay if you miss a great deal, there will be more, I promise.

Ask for Help

Don’t be so proud as to not ask for help if you need it. Letting others serve you blesses them far more than it blesses you. If the budget shut down means your kids will go hungry (truly hungry – not missing out on lunchables) go to your church, command, or friends and let them know you need a little help. I’m sure one day you will be able to help others in return.

Never Forget

Remember how you feel right now having to make very difficult choices about money. After the government starts signing paychecks again you have a chance to get on the right track financially and begin saving for these types of emergencies. For the past few years we challenged ourselves to live on half of my husband’s income. We did it even if it meant making sacrifices that made us seem weird to others. We now have an emergency fund that could keep us living at our current standard for six months. While we hope to not have to touch it, we know that it is there and I honestly sleep better at night because of it.

Money does not make you happy or solve every problem, but making wise choices regarding your finances is important.

This is great advice, even for those of us not dealing with military pay cuts! Do you have any money-saving tips? What are your go-to meals for when finances are tight? Share your ideas in a comment!

Thanks for reading!

First attempt at lowering the grocery bill…

This is my 100th post! Woo hoo!Times are tough right now. Finances are tight. Work is scarce. What’s an aspiring housewife to do?

“Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.

She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.”
{Proverbs 31: 11-14}I’ve set my mind to making the best effort to lower our monthly bills. I’ve spent several hours on the phone with utilities, phone & internet providers, etc. in order to accomplish this. I’ve also made a large effort to reduce our spending. One area that we knew we overspent was the area of food. We didn’t really didn’t have any idea how much we were spending.

Until I stumbled across this video series from Money Saving Mom.
Since then, I’ve been reading, researching, clipping coupons, and learning as much as I can.

The first thing that needs to happen for you to lower your grocery bill is to figure out how much you’re spending. I averaged our weekly grocery store bills over the last 11 weeks and determined that we spend about $94 per week in groceries. And that doesn’t count dinners out (or Starbucks)!!! There are only two of us!! Back in our intern days, we could survive off of $120 each per month for food. So that’s sort of become my goal (I guess it wasn’t official until now). That would be $60 per week.

Since we shop at Target often, I asked my husband what he thought about getting one of their debit cards in order to save 5% off every purchase. He originally said no because we’re already earning points with our current debit card offered through Chase. With our Ultimate Rewards card, we can earn points to get cash back. However, Chase is eliminating this card, thus the option of a Target debit card went back on the table. This time, I got a YES!!!!

One of our local Targets is now carrying groceries! The others are close behind (coming in June!). Hooray for an automatic 5% savings on groceries!!!!! My new card just arrived in the mail today, so I took it for a test spin. Since Target matches the prices of their competitors, I looked through the weekly ads to see if there was anything we were out of/would use. Then, I looked at Target’s online coupon supply, as well as a few other coupon sites to see what was available. I printed my coupons and then planned my shopping trip!

Here’s what I ended up with:

A LOT of items were on sale. I couldn’t use a coupon on everything (obviously), but I did score some excellent deals!

4 boxes Kraft macaroni & cheese $2.00
(Originally $1 per box, price matched to competitor’s weekly ad)
3 packs Crystal Light raspberry lemonade $7.77
(Originally $5.18 each, coupon for $3 off when you buy 3)
Large box Multigrain Cheerios (my new favorite) $2.99
(Originally $3.79, price matched to competitor’s weekly ad)
HUGE box Lucky Charms cereal $2.44
(Originally $3.89, price matched to competitor + coupon for $0.55 off)
2 NYC Nail polish colors $0.44
(Originally $0.97 each, printable coupon for $1.50 off when you buy 2)
Up & Up spray sunscreen 50 SPF $5.64
(Originally $6.64, Target coupon for $1 off)
4-pack Up & Up tissues $3.49
(Originally $5.49, used $1 off Up & Up tissues coupon + $1 off Up & Up brand product)

I also had a coupon for $3 off when you spend $30 on groceries. So I also bought…

8-pack of Butterfingers (husband’s request)
Harvest Cheddar Sunchips (husband’s request)
Barilla whole wheat penne pasta
Target brand whole wheat rotini pasta
Target brand whole wheat spaghetti
Target brand pasta sauce
Garlic bread
Hot Pockets Pepperoni
Target brand lasagna

After using my own reusable bags for a $0.05 discount per bag and the 5% discount from using the Target debit card……

Total spent = $39.62!!!
Total savings = $14.36!!!!!!!

I’d say that’s not bad for my first attempt at lowering the grocery bill!!

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Bits of my Weekend – pedicure, garage saling, and baking

This weekend was a blast!

On Friday, I got to meet up with some of my best friends (both were bridesmaids)!!
This is my very dear (goofy) friend Kelsey

And this is another very dear friend Janelle:

We were all friends in high school, and have continued our friendship since then. And now we’re all married! I’m so blessed to have these women in my life!
We love to hang out together, so since Janelle was visiting from out of town, we went to our favorite nail salon to get our nails done. Janelle got a mani for the Celtic festival, and Kelsey and I got pedis!
Here are my spring flowers:

After getting our nails dolled up, we went out with our husbands (minus one) to Fuddruckers for some awesome burgers!

On Saturday, I spent the entire morning with Kelsey at garage sales. She just moved in to her first home, so we wanted to find some things for her new house. I also just had fun looking for stuff as well.


6 tank tops, 1 t-shirt, 1 jacket, 1 scarf, and 2 skirts for about $7.


1 decorative tray, 2 vintage necklaces, and 1 game of Scrabble for $6.
(I already have a Scrabble game, but I wanted to use these letters for crafts.)


1 beach tote, 3 paperback books, and 2 vintage books for $3.50.

One of the vintage books was called “Housekeeping in Old Virginia”. It’s copyright 1879 and in great condition!


This beautiful turquoise vase was originally $8, but I went back later and it still hadn’t sold, so I scooped it up for $4.

Steals of the day: 2 free bags of lemons

I also scored 2 expansion packs of the Heroscape game for my husband (valued at about $65 retail). There were a few of the “guys” missing, but the game is still playable! I bought it for $4, but there was a penny in the box, so $3.99 it is!

Total spent: $24.49!

And yes, I am in a sundress. It was beautiful, sunny, and almost 70 degrees all morning!

Sunday was a lot of fun. I got to sing with the choir in both services, and our Sunday School group had a potluck. I brought peanut butter dip with apples and pretzel sticks, my favorite spinach artichoke dip with pita chips (yuummmm), and the world’s best banana bread muffins. I went to Target to get a few organizing things, and got a housewarming gift for our friends who just moved into their first home! Our friends inherited some unneeded dressers when they moved into their new house, so they passed those to us. We spent a few hours hauling those across town in my mom’s van to our house. And they had a potted Japanese maple that they didn’t want!!! So that came to us as well! =D

I also baked my very first from-scratch apple pie! It wasn’t the most delicious apple pie I’ve ever tasted, but it was definitely good.

I was ready to go to bed at 8, but I made myself do something else productive. I organized my scarves in our closet. It’s not much, but at least I can close the door now without scarves blocking the doorway. I can also see all of them a lot better now.

Before:

After:

Yes, I do have a “CAUTION DO NOT CROSS” scarf. It was from my uncle. Be jealous.

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I won!

I won my first blog giveaway! And not only that, my name got drawn twice! For honesty’s sake, I asked them to re-draw one name because I only really need one sample to try in my home, but I’m actually getting sent 2 samples!

I won a sample of Shakelee Basic H2 Cleaner from Organize and Decorate Everything!!

I’ve been wanting to try some Shaklee cleaning products for a while now after seeing them endorsed on A bowl full of lemons. They are non-toxic, natural cleaning products, and Basic H2 comes in a concentrated 16 oz bottle, which makes 48 gallons of cleaner! Here’s just a few uses for it (taken from this post on ABFOL):

 
Here is a shocking comparison…
 

1 bottle of Basic Hequals the cleaning uses of 5,824 bottles of 26 oz. Windex

 
To Use Basic H:
 
 
For all-purpose cleaning:
Add 1/4 tsp. to 16 oz. of water.
 
For windows and mirrors:
Add 1-2 drops to 16 oz. of water.
 
For degreasing:
Add 1 1/2 tsp. to 16 oz. of water. For bigger jobs, add 2 oz. to 1 gallon of water.

 

 

 
Many uses for Basic H:
 
Window Cleaner – Mix -Only 1 to 3 drops in 16 oz. spray bottle of water. If smearing occurs, mixture too strong – add water to dilute.
General Spray Cleaner – Mix4-6 drops in 16 oz spray bottle of water. Use all over the house to wipe furniture, chrome, the stove, the refrigerator, vent blinds, and excellent for louvered doors.
General Spot Remover – Apply Basic-H directly on spotted area. Use a toothbrush or finger to rub into area. Wipe off with a damp cloth or rinse in basin of water. (Removes coffee, ink, grass, etc)
General Cleaning – 1/2 tsp. in qt. of warm water. Cleans doors, walls, woodwork, appliances, bathroom fixtures & tile.
Insect Repellent for People and Animals – Rub/Apply full strength Basic-H wherever you do not want insects to bite; they won’t bite where Basic-H has been applied. Also relieves itching of insect bites (rub on, full strength). Be careful around eyes, it does sting. If you get some in the eyes just flush with water.
Floors-1 Tbs. per gallon of water. Leaves floor shining. May require rinsing.
Dusting – 1/8 tsp. in pint of water, squeeze sponge almost dry (Or spray on), Wipe off dust, fingerprints, etc. Dry with clean cloth. Leaving the wax finish beautifully bright & dust repellent, less dusting required.
Outside Windows – 1/2 tsp. in “Ortho-type” spray applicator full of water. Makes 2 gallons of solution for windows & screens. Squeegee dry.
Coffee-makers – Dilute 1/8 tsp. Basic-H in pot of water. Run through cycle & coffee stains will rinse away.
Ironing– 1 drop in steam iron keeps the jets & interior clean.
Wallpaper– Excellent for removing wallpaper. 1/2 Tbs. per gal. of water. Soak wallpaper with sponge & peel or scrape.
Concrete & Mortar Mix – 1/4 oz. per 1 gallon of water. Makes cement & mortar spread easier & smoother, set harder.
Plumbing – Will keep pipes clean & free-running when used regularly to wash hands, pots & pans at sinks. It emulsifies grease & can eliminate cleaning of grease traps.
Pressure Washer – 1/2 oz Basic-H to 20 gallons of water.
Heavy Duty – use 1 oz per gallon of water. Leaves a luster to mobile homes, homes, RVs & etc.
HumidifiersUse 1 or 2 drops in humidifier water to help prevent rust & scum.
Knives–1 or 2 drops on cutting stone for sharpening knives. Keep moist & add Basic-H as needed. Doesn’t clog stone – very important when sharpening tools. Stone rinses free of residue.
Yard Spray to Rid of Fleas– in hose spray bottle, fill with water; add 1 cap-full of Basic-H. Attach to hose & spray yard every 10 days for 3 applications. Use twice a year thereafter to control. Rinse all plants thoroughly.
Liquid Hand Soap– Mix 1/4 Basic-H to 3/4 water in pump dispenser by sinks. Will not dry or irritate hands like soaps may. Will help moisten, soften & protect hands!
Fine Fabrics– Use 1/2 tsp to a basin of lukewarm water to wash woolens, nylon stockings, and all fine fabrics.
Gum – Use full strength to remove gum from skin, hair or carpeting.
Fruits & VegetablesUse 1/8 tsp. in pint of water wash and rinse. Removes insecticide residue, dirt and waxes. For lettuce cut head in half and place in cold water with a couple drops of H. It removes the poisons and crisps up the lettuce.
Automotive UsesWashing- vehicle– 1/2 tsp. per gallon of water. Wash small area at a time and hose off. Wipe windshield, windows and chrome with paper towels after rinsing. You’ll love the shine!
Battery Terminals 1/2 tsp. to pint of water and spray on battery terminals and let soak 2 minutes. Clean with wire brush.
Filters1 tsp to gallon of water. Soak air filters from motors and watch the dirt float out into the water. Air dry or put on hot engine for faster drying.
Camping Cleaning & Washing -Coat bottoms and sides of pots and pans with Basic-H before placing over campfire. Black soot just slides right off when you wash.
Fish Odors – 1/2 Tbs. per quart of water. Basic-H2 works wonders on boats, docks.
Washing RV, Boat & Camper– 1/2 Tbs. per gallon of water.
Crayon– To remove from walls, use full strength.
Spot Remover-Apply directly on spotted area, which has been dampened with water. Use a toothbrush or finger to rub basic-H2 into area. Wipe with a damp cloth or rinse in basin of water
Upholstery– Mix 1/2 Tbs. to ½ gallon water. Spray on & rub clean.
Septic Tanks – Keeps crust from forming. For maximum health of septic system use all of Shaklee’s phosphate free cleaning products. This will do much to promote the growth of needed friendly bacteria.
Houseplants – Water plants with 1 oz. Basic-H to 1 gallon water. 4 drops to 1 pint water can be sprayed on the leaves to make healthier plants and keep dust off.
Fertilizer -Add a few drops to warm water, then water your indoor or outdoor plants. The Basic H2 solution will make the ground soluble to the water, thus making your plants much healthier than with regular water.
Toothpaste -Add a drop or two to your toothbrush, right on top of your normal dab of toothpaste. Watch as your teeth become whiter and your gums healthier. Your breath may even stay fresh longer, as Basic H fights germs of all sorts.
Glove – Before you start a dirty job or before gardening, pour a few drops directly onto your hands. Rub them together to coat both hands. After you are done cleaning, wash your hands to find that dirt, scum, smell and overall ickiness are nowhere to be found.
Pesticide – Dilute your Basic H2 to a couple of drops per spray-bottle, then spritz your plants as part of your regular routine. Not only will the bugs stay away but you might also find that they are bigger and healthier, as well.
Produce wash – Just 1/8tsp. added to a pint of water will make an effective and safe wash for your produce. Grit and dirt on leafy vegetables are easily removed, and you no longer have to worry about a funny taste remaining on the produce.
Diaper wash -Coupled with 1/2 tsp of Shaklee Basic G (a germicide), 1/4 tsp of Basic H2 can remove germs and odors from your cloth diapers. Leave a bit in your diaper pail to prevent odors there, as well.
Windshield Wash/Rain repellent -Pour 3 1/2 tsp of Basic H2 into one quart of water, and use it as your windshield wash. Rain and slush will easily wipe away from your windshield, and bugs will slide away, as well.

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